Expanding police power threatens privacy

Freedom Newspapers It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, […]

Supreme Court heading toward divisive territory

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle […]

Vague laws leave courts to clean up after Congress

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. But in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some […]

Courts should adhere to Bill of Rights

By Tibor Machan: Snydicated columnist Over the years I’ve paid attention to what the Supreme Court does, not as an expert but as a reasonably well educated lay person. One observation I’ve come away with is that if a case comes its way, the court either returns it to a lower court or offers a […]

Court ruling setback for property rights

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last month in Lingle v. Chevron USA, made it more difficult for property owners to battle rent control and other government takings. We hope the court’s unanimous decision does not portend bad news for another major property-rights case (Kelo v. City of New London, Conn.) before the court, […]

With death comes peace for Schiavo, not debaters

Freedom Newspapers Terri Schiavo’s case was one that received a tremendous amount of judicial and media attention and forced America, and perhaps the world, to ponder life and death and the complexities of relationships. Schiavo died on Thursday morning. Her burial will not end the debates. Some people called it a killing, a murder. Others […]

Class action legislation step in right direction

CNJ staff At first glance a bill that would shift most class-action suits from state to federal courts looks like something of a power grab by federal authorities. Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada put it this way: The bill the Senate approved last week “turns federalism on its head by preventing state courts […]

Federal judge dismisses ex-spouses case

by Tom Philpott A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 58 divorced service members and retirees challenging the constitutionality of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. The 1982 law allows state courts to divide military retirement as property in divorce settlements. U.S. District Court Judge James. C. Cacheris in Alexandria, Va., granted […]

Much evil lurks behind mask of God

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I’ve written this column before. I really don’t know why I’m writing it again. After all, there’s little that you or I can do to change things. No letter to a congressman or threat of boycott that’s likely to do any good. So I guess I’m writing just because it would […]

(Cops and Courts) Police lieutenant will attend FBI academy

A 33-year-old Clovis police lieutenant has been accepted into the FBI National Academy, an exclusive three-month course that trains law enforcement in administration, terrorism and violent crime investigation. Lt. Patrick Whitney will leave in January for the academy in Quantico, Va. The course runs from Jan. 9 to March 16, and only two law-enforcement personnel […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]

Divorcees make constitutional challenge

By Tom Philpott Lawyers for divorced service members and retirees have filed a weighty constitutional challenge to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, charging widespread violations of “due process” and “equal protection” rights in the way the law is written and enforced. What might be described as the legal muscle behind the lawsuit became […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

Cops and Courts: Two arrested on drug charges

Darrell Todd Maurina The Region V Drug Task Force arrested two people accused of drug trafficking last weekend, Sgt. Jay Longley said. The Clovis Police Department called task force officers to La Quinta Inn on Feb. 20 and arrested Terrance Jones, 21, on a charge of possession with intent to traffic a controlled substance. Jones […]

Judicial branch slow to rein in executive branch

Freedom Newspapers Our constitutional scheme, with three branches of government and government further divided by having local, state and national levels, is the best scheme yet devised for protecting the people’s liberties by empowering different branches of government to limit one another’s power. But it doesn’t always work perfectly. It is during times of war […]

U.S. government must have checks and balances

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Liberty includes freedom from arbitrary action by government. That’s why the U.S. Constitution established a judicial branch as a check on the powers of the executive and legislative branches. For that reason it’s commendable that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided to take up the question of whether those […]

Cops & Courts 11/2

The man accused of a crime spree through Fort Sumner, Melrose, and Portales didn’t have his preliminary hearing on Tuesday in the De Baca County Magistrate Court, as had been scheduled. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the De Baca County jail on a $360,000 bond facing 37 charges including kidnapping, aggravated burglary, […]

Cops & Courts 10/26

The Clovis Police Department is looking for volunteers to ride around the city and report suspicious activities. Those participating in “Code Blue,” a volunteer citizens patrol, will meet at the Clovis Police Department on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Members will receive training and patrol in two-person teams on Friday and […]

The battle for Supreme Court seats beginning

The rumor mills in Washington are active and the natives are anticipating a knock-down, drag-out imbroglio, perhaps as early as this summer, of the sort that everybody officially deplores for the damage done to collegiality while privately relishing every blow. Two Supreme Court justices might decide to resign, giving President Bush the opportunity to nominate […]